Dedworth Middle School

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The School is closed on Monday 5th of January due to heavy snow


World Book Day - Friday 8th March

MOMO Online Threat

We have become aware of several concerns relating to an online threat called MOMO. I want to be clear that at this stage concern has been expressed to us, but we are not aware of any individual incident and no harm has come to any child within our School. In fact, there is simply no evidence that any harm has come to any child directly linked to MOMO, but we know that playground tales can be very frightening for a young child.

As a school the safety of our pupils is of paramount importance. Collectively we have a responsibility to ensure our whole school community is safe and free from harm. Often that can be difficult in the complex online world and we must strive to work together to ensure we achieve our aims.

MOMO is a sinister challenge that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the national media's attention.

Our advice is simple. Please ensure that you do monitor your child's internet usage and engage with your child about the games and apps that they are using. To assist you in this the school has previously purchased a suite of training resources for our parents. You can access this at the following address:

https://lms.nationalonlinesafety.com/school/dedworth

Please ensure that you watch the videos and download the resources that are available to you, one of which is "7 Conversation Topics"; a handy guide that will enable you to ask pertinent questions of your child about their online activities.

Download the MOMO Online safety guide for parents.

We thank you in advance for your continued vigilance.

Message from the Safer Internet Centre

Musical.ly has a new name - TikTok

The social network app Musical.ly has often given adults cause for concern, because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. The app has a new name and new features, and now includes live streaming. Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable.

Profiles on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app. There is also a Restricted Mode which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent the user from being able to start their own live streams.

You can find out more here

Our New Building Gallery

Our new building has now opened and is housing all our year 6 tutor groups and our P.E. lessons as well as a nurture group classroom.